It has almost been two weeks since Vanderbilt issued a statement saying the Commodores dismissed four football players amid an investigation into a sex crime that occurred on Jun. 26 in a campus dorm. In the time since, the public has been left with lingering questions about the identities of the four players and what exactly happened on that night.
This morning on Tennessee Sports Radio, former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge, who is the host on 1180-AM in Knoxville, revealed what he termed to be “very reliable information” that will make you sick in regards to the investigation.
“They were out,” Ainge said, “they were drinking, they went back, the boyfriend, a Vandy football player, had sex with his girlfriend, then allowed his three drunk teammates with him to also have sex with his girlfriend, and she obviously did not want that to be the case.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and sex crimes detectives have collected evidence and the next step would appear to be the pressing of charges that would identify the four players removed from the team and suspended from the university.
According to the staff report by the Tennessean which appeared in USA Today, “decisions in regard to charges will be made at the appropriate time as warranted by the investigation, which is expected to remain open and active into the near future.”
SEC media days are next week and Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin will face a multitude of questions about how he runs his program after the latest details emerged in this vile and abhorrent act on the Nashville campus.
As David Climer of USA Today Sports writes, this is a “game-changer” for Vanderbilt, and as we wait for the legal system to run its course, this is a story that appears will get uglier as we learn about that fateful night. My sincerest hope is the victim and her family gets the justice they deserve and the alleged assailants are punished to the fullest extent of the law.
You can listen to the audio here of Ainge as he discusses the details surrounding the Vanderbilt scandal.